Judge issues Lancashire ‘dangerous youngsters’ warning

Judge issues Lancashire ‘dangerous youngsters’ warning

Judge issues Lancashire ‘dangerous youngsters’ warning

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A JUDGE has warned of a ‘terrible national shortage’ of places in secure units for dangerous youngsters after Lancashire County Council was unable to find one for a teenager with a history of violence.

Judge Sarah Singleton had to order his placement in a children’s home with three extra staff seconded to look after him.

She said there was a ‘gross shortage of resource’ creating a ‘lack of protection for the public’.

Her comments came in a written analysis of a case involving a 15-year-old boy who had a ‘terrifying’ history of violence, following a private family court hearing.

She said it was plain the teenager, with a ‘terrifying history of behaving both violently and in an assaultive sexual manner to women’, ought to be in secure conditions while experts addressed the ‘issues which beset him’.

Judge Singleton said the youngster, with convictions for violence and indecent assault, should have been placed in secure accommodation after release from a detention and training order.

She revealed Lancashire County Council had been unable to find him a secure unit and he had to be placed in a children’s home.

Judge Singleton said its staff had made ‘exhaustive efforts’ to find him secure accommodation including discussions with the Department for Education.

The county had now seconded three extra staff to the children’s home where the teenager had been placed to ‘look after’ him.

In her analysis, Judge Singleton said: “The facts amount to a terrible national shortage of secure placements for children and young people who are a danger to themselves and others.”

The youngster was not identified by the judge sitting at Lancaster Family Court.

A spokesperson for LCC said: "We understand the judge's concerns about this national issue.  We are pleased to have been invited to a meeting with the Department for Education to discuss how this matter might be tackled in the future."

 

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6:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

What an absolute tragedy for this child and his victims.
I have to ask - what is wrong with him ?
Is it nature or is it nurture ?
Has he been so badly abused as a child that he responds to any human interaction with violence and aggression ?
Is his attitude to women because of the way his mother or some other woman treated him or is he simply congenitally violent ? Maybe an aggressive male ( father ? mother's partner ? ) acted in some way that made this lad the way he is ?
He will obviously have a tragic life for whatever reason it may be.
So sad for everyone - the lad, his victims and the people who have to care for him.
What an absolute tragedy for this child and his victims. I have to ask - what is wrong with him ? Is it nature or is it nurture ? Has he been so badly abused as a child that he responds to any human interaction with violence and aggression ? Is his attitude to women because of the way his mother or some other woman treated him or is he simply congenitally violent ? Maybe an aggressive male ( father ? mother's partner ? ) acted in some way that made this lad the way he is ? He will obviously have a tragic life for whatever reason it may be. So sad for everyone - the lad, his victims and the people who have to care for him. Copperhead
  • Score: 4

8:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

HarryBosch says...

This is a classic example of how this government is putting public safety at risk through their budget cuts! Absolutely appalling and it needs addressing as a matter of urgency. Might it not have been an option to put him in a single room in a secure hospital rather than put other vulnerable youngsters at risk?
Unlike the previous commenter, I don't care to speculate on the causes, that is for professionals further down the line. The most immediate issue is public protection.
This is a classic example of how this government is putting public safety at risk through their budget cuts! Absolutely appalling and it needs addressing as a matter of urgency. Might it not have been an option to put him in a single room in a secure hospital rather than put other vulnerable youngsters at risk? Unlike the previous commenter, I don't care to speculate on the causes, that is for professionals further down the line. The most immediate issue is public protection. HarryBosch
  • Score: 9

8:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Doctor44 says...

This lad with a history of violence, needs locking up indefinately for the safety of the public.
This lad with a history of violence, needs locking up indefinately for the safety of the public. Doctor44
  • Score: 4

8:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

jaffa90 says...

Free one way ticket by ship to a remote uninhabited island along with all re-offenders and non conformers.
Free one way ticket by ship to a remote uninhabited island along with all re-offenders and non conformers. jaffa90
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

ikap22 says...

jaffa90 wrote:
Free one way ticket by ship to a remote uninhabited island along with all re-offenders and non conformers.
Agreed. 101%
[quote][p][bold]jaffa90[/bold] wrote: Free one way ticket by ship to a remote uninhabited island along with all re-offenders and non conformers.[/p][/quote]Agreed. 101% ikap22
  • Score: 2

10:41am Thu 24 Jul 14

Mikeee47 says...

Plenty of decommissioned war ships all you have to do is anchor a few 3miles out, perfect secure unit. Get plenty of sand paper, grey paint, mops, buckets etc. Time for beaks to stop handing out lenient sentences, they're there to have their liberty stripped as punishment, They are Not a holiday camp, some youth offenders prisons are better than the home they live in, No wonder these scrotes commit crime. Reading some of the articles here on the LT site proves beyond doubt CRIME DOES PAY!
Plenty of decommissioned war ships all you have to do is anchor a few 3miles out, perfect secure unit. Get plenty of sand paper, grey paint, mops, buckets etc. Time for beaks to stop handing out lenient sentences, they're there to have their liberty stripped as punishment, They are Not a holiday camp, some youth offenders prisons are better than the home they live in, No wonder these scrotes commit crime. Reading some of the articles here on the LT site proves beyond doubt CRIME DOES PAY! Mikeee47
  • Score: 4

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